If interested citizens want to get involved in conservation and management policy, it’s absolutely vital to use proper terminology. The policy world can be full of confusing jargon, but there are few ways to discredit yourself in the eyes of decision makers as quickly as using a critical term incorrectly.
CITES plenary today accepted Committee recommendations to list five species of highly traded sharks under the CITES Appendices, along with those for the listing of both manta rays and one species of sawfish.
"We're grateful to proponent governments for recognizing the value of thriving shark and ray populations, and for championing sound proposals," said Ania Budziak, Project AWARE's Associate Director. "We're proud that the divers' voice has contributed to achieving this key milestone in shark and ray conservation."
Daily Mail Indonesia creates sanctuary for sharks and manta rays in remote ocean dive ... Daily Mail Indonesia has announced that it will create a haven for sharks and manta rays in a dive destination located in the 'Amazon of the Ocean'.
RedOrbit Increase In Coral Reef Bleaching Attributed To Climate Change RedOrbit Rising temperatures associated with climate change have already been shown to have an effect on a wide range of ecosystems and the creatures that reside within.
Less than half of the 280 million metric tons of plastic produced each year ends up in the landfill. A fair bit of the rest ends up littering the landscape, blown by the wind or washed down streams and rivers into the sea.
A unique dive site, previously unknown to the scientific community, has been discovered by the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), The Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI), and their local partners near the coastal town of Tela, Honduras.
As part of the last meeting of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), held this week in Bangkok (Thailand), the national government banned fishing for oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) in Brazilian waters.
The decision was made in order to preserve this endangered species.
One strategy to help protect and research sharks is ecotourism. A recent study around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island, estimated the value of a Hammerhead shark at US $1.6 million each for tourism purposes, compared to less than $200 it could sell for. A 2011 study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science had an even bigger difference, estimating a lifetime value of nearly US $2 million dollars for a Reef shark in Palau vs. only $108 for it’s sale in a fish market. Governments are starting to take notice of this economic value; countries including Australia, Palau, as well as the Cook Islands have recently created large marine areas to protect sharks and other ocean life.
RedOrbit Wandering Whitetip Sharks Stick Close To Home In Bahamas RedOrbit Because the sharks were also found prowling for hundreds of miles in the waters around the Atlantic island nation, the biologists say their study could have implications for...
TopNews New Zealand Shark and Manta Ray Sanctuary Declaration in Indonesia TopNews New Zealand Shark and Manta Ray Sanctuary Declaration in Indonesia As per reports, a new shark and manta ray sanctuary has been announced by Indonesia.
The Westmorland Gazette Divers to clear Lake Windermere Divernet The litterpick, on Saturday, 2 March, is expected to see up to 200 divers from the UK and other European countries clearing debris from England's largest lake, which is ten miles long...
It is estimated that up to 100 million sharks are killed by people every year, due to commercial and recreational fishing. Meanwhile, the average number of fatalities worldwide per year between 2001 and 2006 from unprovoked shark attacks is 4.3.
It is evident that the ocean’s conditions are changing at alarming rates due to natural disasters and man’s activities. Pressures such as global warming, hurricanes and boat groundings all increase the environmental and physical stresses on delicate coral reefs.